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Posted on 11/27/2012 11:30:19 PM PST by bruinbirdman
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that France will vote in favour of the Palestinian Authority's bid for Palestine to be granted UN "non-member observer status" at the General Assembly later this week.
France said on Tuesday it would vote in favour of Palestinian "non-member observer" status at the United Nations, boosting Palestinian efforts to secure greater international recognition.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the country's National Assembly that Paris would vote "yes" in this weeks vote on a call for "non-member observer state status" for the Palestinians. Even with non-member status, however, a Palestinian state would still not be a full member of the UN General Assembly.
Fabius told MPs, "We've known for years France's constant position is to recognise the Palestinian state.
Popular move in French Parliament
The foreign minister's statement was greeted by a round of applause in Frances lower house, the National Assembly.
France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is the first major European power to voice its approval of the Palestinian move.
Under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, France had promised to support the Palestinian quest for upgraded status. Paris also broke with its closest allies last year when it voted in favour of giving the Palestinians full membership of the UNs cultural agency UNESCO. However, shortly after the UNESCO vote, France announced that it would abstain in a vote on a Palestinian request for full membership status of the United Nations, citing US opposition to the resolution.
The proposal for non-member observer status would, however, implicitly recognise Palestinian statehood. It could also grant it access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where the Palestinians could file complaints against Israel.
The leader of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he was "confident" ahead of the new application.
"We are going to the UN fully confident in our steps. We will have our rights because you are with us," he told a crowd of around 1,000 people demonstrating in support of the bid.
"We ask for a just peace, which is agreed on by the international community which will give us our state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Without that, there is no hope at all," he said.
Abbas said the attempt to secure upgraded status was backed by many UN member states and by all the Palestinian political factions.
Israel and Washington both oppose the new bid for enhanced UN status for the Palestinians, but the bid is expected to easily win the required majority at the General Assembly.
FRANCE 24s International Affairs Editor Douglas Herbert said, Europe is divided over the issue. Switzerland and Portugal have said they will vote for the measure, but Germany is among the countries that are opposed to the Palestinian Territories bid. Britains position remains unclear with its UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant saying on Tuesday that Britain would decide in due time how to vote on this weeks resolution.
On independence, Pakistan was divided geographically. How did that work out?
No, that’s not what it’s moving towards. The Palestinians want the “one-state solution”, which means one particular state (the only free one in the region) gets destroyed. And the “one state” that the Palestinians want is really the Caliphate.
Not so well with the ouster of Musharraf.
If the Palis gain statehood status, then this could likely lead to the UN attacking Israel to take the land away for the Pali’s state.
The Socialists were elected by the Muslim vote and know it.
Not sure where you mean...
it applies to so *many* places!
The UN was and is a big mistake.
France should know better then to vote for this with all the trouble they are having with their own Muslims.